Working Fathers in Latvia

Does the law require paternity leave for new fathers? Yes
What is the total duration of paid paternity leave at the time of delivery? 10 days
What is the wage replacement rate for paternity leave? 80 % of normal wage
Who pays for paternity leave? Government
Does the law require parental leave for parents? Yes
Does the law provide for paid or unpaid parental leave? Paid
What is the total duration of parental leave? 547 days
What is the wage replacement rate for parental leave? 70 % of normal wage
Who pays for parental leave? Government
Does the law require that parents with minor children or workers with other family responsibilities be provided with flexible time or part time work options? Yes

More about paternity leave:

A father is entitled to leave of 10 calendar days immediately after the birth of a child within two months from the birth of a child. Paternity allowance is 80% of the beneficiary's average insurance contribution wage. If the paternity allowance amounts to €32.75 per calendar day (after calculation), worker is granted this amount. However, if it exceeds €32.75 per calendar day, paternity allowance is €32.75 plus 50% of the amount of benefits exceeding that.

sources: §155 of Labour Law 2001, last amended in 2014; §14 of the Law on Payment of State Allowances during the Period from 2009 till 2014; §10(1-3) of the Law on Maternity and Sickness Insurance 1997

More about parental leave:

Every employee has the right to parental leave in connection with the birth or adoption of a child. Worker is required to notify the employer in writing one month in advance of the beginning and the length of the parental leave or parts thereof. The parental leave is granted for a period not exceeding one and a half years (18 months) up to the day the child reaches the age of eight years (in a single period or in parts).

Worker's employment is secure during the term of parental leave and worker returns to his/her job after availing parental leave. If return to actual position/work is not possible, employer has to ensure that worker gets similar or equivalent work with not less favourable conditions and employment provisions.

The benefit is 60% of the beneficiary's average insurance contribution wage until the child is 1 year of age. The benefit is 43.75% of the beneficiary's average insurance contribution wage until the child is 1.5 years old. The benefit is 30% of the insurance contribution wage for persons who are not on parental leave and self-employed until the child is 1.5 years old.

Until 31 December 2014, minimum amount of parental benefit is €32.75 per calendar day (after calculation), worker is granted this amount. However, if it exceeds €32.75 per calendar day, paternity allowance is €32.75 plus 50% of the amount of benefits exceeding that.

sources: §156 of Labour Law 2001, last amended in 2014; §5(3) of the Law on Payment of State Allowances during the Period from 2009 till 2014; §10(6) of the Law on Maternity and Sickness Insurance 1997